Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fern Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

September 2, 2015

Distance: 8 miles
Time: ?
Elevation gain: about 1,380'
Max altitude: 9,530'

Year to date miles: 549.3

Parking: Fern Lake trailhead
This is also accessible by the park shuttle bus
There are multiple parking areas - we got as far down the end of the road as we could

Take Fern Lake trail
Pass Cub Lake trail on left
Pass Fern Falls
Pass Marguerite Falls
Arrive at Fern Lake
Retrace steps

Also see: Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide by Jerome Malitz

This hike was recommended to us by some hikers we met on Deer Mountain. We told them about Glen getting sick due to altitude. They suggested this as a good hike for acclimating.

I found the beginning of this hike disappointing. I felt like we could have been hiking in NY. But it did get much better the further we went. And I loved the lake. It was very peaceful. The further we went, the fewer people we saw as well.

Ground squirrel

Fern Lake

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